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4 Good Reasons Your Company Should Get Skills Training for Its Employees under the NJBIA Basic SKills Workforce Program

Looking to upgrade your employees’ skills? Thanks to a new round of funding from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey businesses can now apply for expanded employee training under a popular program that’s got a new name. The NJBIA Basic Skills Workforce Training Program, also known as Employability Skills Training, is now in its 8th year and still growing in popul...
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The Consortium and Its Partner Colleges Are Closing the Skills Gap for NJ Companies

One of the great frustrations of business owners today is their inability to find the people with the right skills and experience to fill open jobs, especially jobs of a technical nature. This “skills gap,” especially in manufacturing, has become a chasm of Grand Canyon proportions. One reason: the vast majority of students today are herded into four-year colleges to become doctors, lawy...
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Ready to Work NJ Finds the Right Man for New Process-Control Job at HK Metalcraft

Evolve or die. That’s the motto at the HK Metalcraft Manufacturing Corporation on Industrial Road in Lodi, NJ. “Every five to ten years we undergo some kind of strategic transformation because we’re forced to by industry (conditions) or we decide to evolve,” explains Josh Hopp, the company’s 32-year-old, 4th generation chief executive. “My father’s favorite quote was: ‘You either evolve or ...
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New Hope for Weary Job Seekers

‘Ready to Work New Jersey’ Connects the Long-Term  Unemployed with Companies Who Need their Skills They are called the “exhaustees.” They are men and women of every ilk, some with exceptional skills and talents. They have been desperately seeking work for a long time. They have exhausted their unemployment benefits, and they are—quite literally—exhausted and demoralized from their endless sear...
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Trainees at Raritan Valley Community College Are First To Get Metal Fabrication Instruction in New Mobile Learning Lab

The 11 trainees huddled in New Jersey’s first mobile manufacturing training classroom worked quickly to solve the kind of math problem they aspired one day to solve as newly employed CNC metal-fabrication machine operators. Jonti Pizarro, 24, of Asbury Park was among those who received a high-five “knuckle bump” from Raritan Valley Community College instructor Conrad Mercurius for getting the ...
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Companies that Enjoy Free Basic Skills Training from Hudson County Community College Go Back for More

At Hudson County Community College, the state’s Basic Skills Workforce Training Program is opening doors. The program is free to employers and their employees, polishing employees’ skills in basic computer operations, mathematics and measurement, English as a second language, and written and verbal communications. Ana Chapman-McCausland, executive director of the college’s Center for Bus...
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Free PC Skills Training Has Big Impact on Family-Owned Store at the Jersey Shore

There’s never a moment to waste at Initial Impact, Dale and Donna Szakats’ promotional products store near the big sand beaches of Spring Lake, NJ. Their shop on Warren Avenue, which was established 30 years ago, works hard to keep up with the influx of customer  orders for its custom embroidery, monogram,  silk screen and other promotional products. Vacations are a rarity. But Donna and...
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Managers at Freedom Mortgage Learn That It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It When Communicating with Employees

As one might expect for New Jersey’s fastest growing private employer, Freedom Mortgage of Mount Laurel is feeling some growing pains. One of the biggest challenges facing the young company, which has more than doubled the size of its workforce over the past three years, is good verbal communication between employees and customers and between managers and their employees. Freedom Mortgag...
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Cumberland County College Trains the Unemployed For Good Paying Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing

Cumberland County College is on the front lines of advanced manufacturing, training the chronically unemployed in production, quality and safety so they can get good paying jobs in South Jersey’s food and glass industries. Over the past two years, lead instructor Gerald Bose has trained more than 80 people, young and old, who were all anxious to find work. The 150 hours of instruction ends in a...
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Formerly Unemployed, Graduates of Community College Manufacturing Training Program Reinvent Themselves as Modern Factory Workers

Not long ago, Ron Oliver of Englewood and Joel Shapiro of Lyndhurst counted themselves among the millions of Americans torn from good jobs and careers by the Great Recession. “This is a total reinvention of myself,” said Joel Shapiro, 56, who formerly was a warehouse manager. “I look forward to excelling in a new life.”Today, they are among a new breed of production workers who, thanks to a tra...
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